Zero to Maker
Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Released: August 2013
Pages: 216

Are you possessed by the urge to invent, design, and make something that others enjoy, but don’t know how to plug into the Maker movement? In this book, you’ll follow author David Lang’s headfirst dive into the Maker world and how he grew to be a successful entrepreneur. You’ll discover how to navigate this new community, and find the best resources for learning the tools and skills you need to be a dynamic maker in your own right.

Lang reveals how he became a pro maker after losing his job, and how the experience helped him start OpenROV—a DIY community and product line focused on open source undersea exploration. It all happened once he became an active member of the Maker culture. Ready to take the plunge into the next Industrial Revolution? This guide provides a clear and inspiring roadmap.

  • Take an eye-opening journey from unskilled observer to engaged maker-entrepreneur
  • Enter the Maker community to connect with experts and pick up new skills
  • Use a template for building a maker-based entrepreneurial lifestyle
  • Learn from the organizer of the first-ever Maker Startup Weekend
  • Be prepared for exciting careers of the future
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    5.0

    great introduction to becoming a Maker

    By Matt the Ogre

    from San Rafael, CA

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    • Well-written

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      Comments about oreilly Zero to Maker:

      This book was exactly what I needed. I'm on the road to becoming a Maker; the information and commentary, plus the encouragement, works well. Recommended for Makers with not much experience, plus people who are interested in becoming Makers, and Makers that want to understand the broader context of the movement.

      For some reason the embedded videos (I think that's what they are supposed to be) didn't work in the epub version when I read it on my iPad in iBooks.

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      2.0

      Don't judge by cover. :/

      By meeech

      from Montreal

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        Comments about oreilly Zero to Maker:

        While an ok read, should be retitled "Learn how to Learn (Just enough)..." since this book doesn't actually teach you how to make anything, but rather goes over resources and lessons learned by the author when learning himself.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Decent book, with decent price

        By teak

        from Jyväskylä, Finland

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          Comments about oreilly Zero to Maker:

          This book left me a bit unsatisfied. It has many good parts in it but fails to bring all together. The parts don't really make a coherent book. After saying this I do need so say that the parts themselves are informative and thought provoking.
          What is the book about?

          Is it a book about authors journey to makerhood?
          No, but...
          Is it a book teaching you how to become a maker?
          No, but...
          Is it a book how to make money from your product?
          No, but...
          Is it a book giving you hints on how to raise your children?
          No, but...

          After looking at the TOC here you can see the diversity of the material in the book. With slightly over 200 pages it is impossible to make a book with deep insights to everything in the TOC, but the book provides links to further information. Furthermore even though the book was interesting if failed to give me a need to read one more page.

          Even after this thrashing I have to say that the book is actually so thought provoking that I'm considering to give it a 4. The failed promise of the subtitle was the last drop making this a 3/5, but still I recommend this for anybody thinking of becoming a maker and making money out of it.

          ps. I received the book free of charge for review purposes from O'Reilly Blogger Review program.

           
          5.0

          Very good book

          By Fabio Alessandro Locati

          from Milan, Italy

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            Comments about oreilly Zero to Maker:

            When I opened this book I was impressed on the image/text ratio. Being a Maker Media product, I thought it was somehow similar to the Make magazine. I was very wrong: in the whole book there are less then 10 images/photos.

            This is a good thing, if you like to read because allows the author to put way more contents than if he had to put more images and it keeps the file size small (~23Mb).

            What I really appreciated about this book over all the other book on how to became a Maker is the author's attempt to keep the needed budget low. A lot of times I've seen books where the author write things to do as if the reader has tens of thousands euros to spend on this.

            Another thing that I really liked about this book is the fact that David Lang, the book author, has a really strong Maker philosophy. This helps a lot the reader to understand why things are in some way and not in others. Also, my Maker philosophy is really similar to the author's one, so we are always on the same page.

            I liked this book, and I would suggest it to anyone would like to learn a lot about of the Maker culture. I would not suggest this book to the people that hate reading since is a pretty solid-text book, while you can find other books with less text in them (and also less contents, but the trade-off could be good enough for you).

            Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Program

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            5.0

            A Bible and a Roadmap for Makers

            By Peter Christensen

            from San Francisco, CA

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              Comments about oreilly Zero to Maker:

              This is the kind of book that you can't wait to recommend to someone when you find out they're interested in the subject.

              As the Maker movement grows around the world, more and more people are becoming inspired to create things. Anyone at any level of skill can learn from this book. David has been in the center of many different branches of the Maker movement and reports on them all – hackerspaces, electronics, Arduino, learning from scratch, sharing, finding ideas, working with others, community, writing, promotion, Kickstarter, Maker Faire, licensing, starting companies, etc.

              But this book is not just for Makers. It is an outstanding guide for building your own skills and presence in ANY creative field. The pattern, told through a Maker lens, is:

              Find something you're interested in and want to learn
              Find people doing that thing
              Ask them what they're working on and what they recommend learning
              Do some project involving the thing you want to learn
              Share your results (good or bad) and solicit feedback
              Based on experiences and feedback, return to step 1 and repeat forever
              It's also well written and delightful to read because of David's writing skill and the breadth of his Maker experiences.

              Conclusion: This book will grow to be a cherished and work fixture on the shelf of anyone who loves learning and making. There's no substitute for doing, but this book will guide your doing in the right direction. Whether you're a pro or completely new, learning for fun or inventing a new career, making your first prototype or turning a project into a business, David will give you confidence and clarity as you move forward. Don't let the title fool you, you're never done becoming a Maker.

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